WiL and The Lion The Bear The Fox Join Forces for a Night of Great Music
Calgary-raised Wil Mimnaugh, aka WiL, started strumming his first guitar at the age of 11 and quickly realized what he was born to do. Add in three decades of tireless commitment to becoming a better singer/songwriter – as WiL puts it, “if you think you’re pretty good – get better,” moving beyond playing covers to bar crowds and eventually ascending to international success with a major ad campaign, and you have a taste of WiL’s adventure chasing his “crazy little dream.”
With his unbridled dedication and the support of local fans, WiL’s 5th studio album, El Paseo, was released in September 2014. The album, aptly named “The Ride” in Spanish, has seen its first single “Make Make” climb the charts, earn a nomination for Best Song on CBC Music Awards and continue its success with the release of an insanely adorable video of a caricatured couple ‘make making’ a life for themselves.
Also recognizable are two of the album’s other tracks, namely “Roam” (which received over 3.5million YouTube views) and “There Is,” both featured in award-winning Travel Alberta campaigns. In 2014, El Paseo earned WiL countless new fans with a busy touring schedule and rave reviews–the album was described as “his masterpiece” and “an often breathtakingly beautiful and achingly honest work of personal discovery,” by the Calgary Herald. Connecting with listeners at each and every appearance, WiL definitely shines the brightest in his intense, wildly dynamic live performance.
It took Christopher Arruda (The Lion), Cory Woodward (The Bear) and Ryan McMahon (The Fox) over thirty years to find each other but only one month for this “musical force of nature” (Nanaimo Daily News) to realize they were meant to join their voices as one.
After securing a top 20 position in 102.7 The Peak’s prestigious “Peak Performance Project”, the band released their debut EP “We’d Be Good Men” on October 8th, 2013 and went on to celebrate the effort in numerous sold-out venues across BC and Alberta. The self-produced record is steeped in character with performances captured in bedrooms, hallways, board rooms and open-spaces across British Columbia. By experimenting with sounds freely and building the sonic landscape from the ground up, “We’d Be Good Men” succeeds in showcasing a genuine energy and sincerity rarely heard this side of the 2000′s.
In less than a year, The Lion The Bear The Fox have cemented themselves as a hard-working Canadian band with an uncompromising dedication to performance. 2015 will be the year they start to deliver their energetic brand of “stomp rock” to the United States and beyond. Gone are the days of the boy band. Harken the era of the man band!
Sponsored by the Campbell River Mirror and Coast Discovery Inn, WiL and The Lion The Bear The Fox will be performing at the Tidemark Theatre on March 27th, 2015. Tickets are $22 for Members and $27 for Non-Members (plus applicable taxes and fees) and can be purchased at the Box Office Thursday – Saturday between 12pm and 4pm. Tickets are also available online at: tidemarktheatre.com.